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Back to March 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be, Anya Kamenetz, 2015, Public Affairs Books, $25.99 “Teaching to the test is failing,” … Continue reading

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Back to February 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer, Ben Halpert, Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc., 2014, $15.99 Computers are wonderful and dangerous. The Savvy Cyber Kids non-profit organization’s aim … Continue reading

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Back to January 2015 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Great American College Tuition Rip-Off, Paul Streitz, Oxford Institute Press, 2005, $12.99 “Despite the liberalism of academia, when it comes to taking money from middle-class families, academia is as … Continue reading

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Back to December 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Who Killed the American Family? Phyllis Schlafly, WND Books, 2014, $26.95 Study after study shows that children raised in a nuclear family, with two married parents, do better in school … Continue reading

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Back to November 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, Paul Raeburn, Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014, $26.00 Paul Raeburn is a past president … Continue reading

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Back to October 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, Rush Limbaugh, Threshold Editions, 2014, $19.99 “Rush, rush, rushing into history!” With that proclamation, history teacher Rush Revere, courtesy … Continue reading

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Back to September 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, Twelve Publishing, 2014, $16 “Well, what do you think?” That’s all Anson Dorrance says at half-time when … Continue reading

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Back to August 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education, Glenn Beck and Kyle Olson, Threshold Editions, 2014, $14.99 Conform states that thanks to unions, “most teachers get a raise … Continue reading

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Back to July 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, Matthew B. Crawford, Penguin Books, 2009, $16.00. Shop Class as Soulcraft offers a compelling look at education and career … Continue reading

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Back to June 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism, Kristine Barnett, Random House, 2013, $16.00 Jacob Barnett’s mother was told that the best she could hope for from her … Continue reading

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Back to May 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations, Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, Hyperion, 2013, $24.99 After the death of a New Jersey music teacher, whose instructional … Continue reading

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Back to April 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Sex, Lies, and Hook Ups: A Parent’s Guide for Fighting Back, Sally B. Raymond, et al., Heritage Community Services, 2012, $34.95. Sex, Lies, and Hook Ups is written by Heritage … Continue reading

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Back to March 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Confessions of a Bad Teacher: The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education, John Owens, Source Books, 2013, $13.99 John Owens worked from 5 a.m. to 10 … Continue reading

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Back to February 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Getting to Excellence: What Every Educator Should Know about Consequences of Beliefs, Values, Attitudes, and Paradigms for the Reconstruction of an Academically Unacceptable Middle School, by James A. Johnson, Jr., … Continue reading

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Back to January 2014 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Story-Killers: A Common-Sense Case Against the Common Core, Terrence O. Moore, CreateSpace, 2013, $15.00. The Story-Killers describes the numerous flaws of Common Core in an exposé of the central … Continue reading

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Back to December 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Why Teach?: In Defense of Real Education, Mark Edmundson, Bloomsbury USA, 2013, $24.00 When Mark Edmundson was in high school, a transformative teacher happened into his life. “He mocked us, … Continue reading

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Back to November 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The School Revolution: A New Answer for Our Broken Education System, by Ron Paul, Grand Central Publishing, 2013, $23.00. Ron Paul is a homeschool advocate who offers an offbeat answer … Continue reading

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Back to October 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Is College Worth It?: A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol, Thomas … Continue reading

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Back to September 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief, by Susan Allen, Regnery Publishing. 2013, $16.95 How did Ronald Reagan get the nickname “Dutch”? What was he most proud of … Continue reading

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Back to August 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective Public High Schools, Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Jessica A. Hockett, Princeton University Press, 2012, $24.95. Scores of years, tremendous energy, and billions of … Continue reading

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Back to July 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Exiled: Stories from Conservative and Moderate Professors Who Have Been Ridiculed, Ostracized, Marginalized, Demonized, and Frozen Out, Edited by Mary Grabar, Ph.D., Dissident Prof Press, 2013, $12.00. Professors who do … Continue reading

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Back to June 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Bill Ayers: Teaching Revolution, by Mary Grabar, Ph.D., Dissident Prof Press, 2013, $12.00 Many are familiar with Bill Ayers as a member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and … Continue reading

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Back to May 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The K-12 Implosion, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Encounter Books, 2013, $5.99 The Reagan-era report, “A Nation at Risk,” told us 30 years ago, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to … Continue reading

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Back to April 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Homeschooling in America: Capturing and Assessing the Movement, Joseph Murphy, Corwin Publishers, 2012, $34.95 As America stands on the brink of nationalized, federally controlled education under Common Core Standards, it … Continue reading

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Back to March 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Common Core: A Trojan Horse for Education Reform, by Orlean Koehle, Small Helm Press Associates, 2012, $18.00 An untried and unvetted fad is being rolled out at all grade levels, … Continue reading

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Back to February 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, Brion McClanahan, Ph.D., Regnery Publishing, 2012, 272 pp., $19.95 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes presents an assortment of Americans … Continue reading

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Back to January 2013 Ed Reporter Book of the Month IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity, Charles LaVerdiere, Editor, Master Books, 2012, $14.99, 343 pp. Although organized education in America started as an endeavor of Christian entities, public … Continue reading

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Back to December 2012 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan, The Hachette Group, 2012, $26.99 When Salman Khan looks at children he sees “uniqueness, curiosity, and creativity.” He believes learning can … Continue reading

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Back to November 2012 Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind, by Bruce Bawer, HarperCollins, 2012, $25.99 The Victims’ Revolution is a history of the people … Continue reading

Book Review

Back to October 2012 Ed Reporter Book Review Charter Schools in Action, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Gregg Vanourek, Princeton University Press, 2001, $37.50. Charter Schools in Action is an overview of the charter school movement and what … Continue reading

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Back to September 2012 Ed Reporter Book Review Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections ($16.95) and Liberty Lee’s Tail of Independence ($16.95), Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes, Little Patriot Press, 2012. Thomas Jefferson once … Continue reading

Obama’s Education Takeover

Back to July 2012 Ed Reporter Book of the Month Obama’s Education Takeover, Lance T. Izumi, Encounter Books, 2012, $5.99. Most Americans don’t know it, but the Obama administration has worked hard to get control over your child’s education. It … Continue reading

The Essential American: A Patriot’s Resource

Back to May Ed Reporter Book of the Month The Essential American: A Patriot’s Resource, Edited by Jackie Gingrich Cushman. Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2010, 369 pp. When the Massachusetts Delegates to the Continental Congress decreed in the Northwest Ordinance that … Continue reading

Book Reviews

* Sort columns by selecting header — Review – Title – Author Review Title Author 02-01-15 Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets a Computer Halpert, Ben 01-01-15 The Great American College Tuition Rip-Off Streitz, Paul 12-01-14 Who Killed … Continue reading